Vol. XI No. 23
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BCCT plans for the future

Emirates Airlines celebrates record year at road show in Pattaya

Music in the Park

Siwapol Tanti-anandkul gulps down 9 1/4 hot dogs in 12 minutes to earn trip to New York

English language lessons begin for court personnel

BCCT plans for the future

The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand is zealous in its position as one of the more active networking associations on the Eastern Seaboard, and has its own local committee to ensure that there are enough events to keep the members ‘coming back for more’.

(L to R) Paul Dobbs, Graham Macdonald and Peter Malhotra discuss upcoming networking events and charity fundraisers.

(L to R) David Lowder, Head of St. Andrews International School, P.R. Dhamodharan, MD TRW Steering and Suspension Co. Ltd, Andrew J. Wood, GM of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort and Suwanna Viroonchan, MD of The Travel Clinic, all actively involved in the BCCT, plan out the near future of the BCCT Eastern Seaboard calendar.

Chairman of the local group, Graham Macdonald, recently held a brainstorming night for the committee at the Maharani Restaurant at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort. Having the GM of the resort, Andrew Wood as one of the members obviously helped influencing the venue decision! The Royal Cliff wine selection also was a factor, even though BCCT committee stalwart Jimmy Howard was seen drinking Miss Terry’s favourite amber, Singha Gold.

Monthly networking evenings were discussed, with the next one being at Shenanigans, and sponsored by Manpower. The Head of St. Andrews International School, David Lowder indicated his institution would sponsor September’s evening, the venue to be announced. For a special December event, there will be a cocktail cruise aboard the Royal Cliff Beach Resort’s Island Dream catamaran. Not to be missed.

The BCCT is also an active group regarding local charities, and its members have indicated they would like to see further involvement in this area. Suitable recipients of charities were discussed and the Eastern Seaboard Committee will be looking into appropriate ways to distribute largesse.

The BCCT has its own website which can be accessed on www.bccthai.com

Emirates Airlines celebrates record year at road show in Pattaya

Emirates Airlines in Thailand held their annual road show in Pattaya last weekend, inviting over 200 travel agents and tour operators to the Royal Cliff Beach Resort for an evening of food, fun, games and business.

Travel agents, the media and government officials ( picture 1 and 3) attended the ever popular Emirates roadshow. Sunthorn Suree, (picture 2) Emirates manager for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, announced the airline recorded a whopping 74 percent increase in profits, equating to well over 12 billion baht - its best year to date.

Sunthorn Suree, Emirates manager for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, joined by his sales team at the party, announced the airline’s best year to date. The Dubai based airline recorded a whopping 74 percent increase in profits, equating to well over 12 billion baht.

During the business part of the evening, Emirates announced their new ‘Companion Fair’ packages, enabling business and first class flyers that purchase tickets until October 31 this year, the chance to receive an additional seat free of charge for a companion on the same flight.

Sunthorn said, "Despite the many difficulties the airline industry has faced over the last year, we at Emirates have been able to change the goal posts and keep up with the changing travel climate.

"Bangkok is a major travel hub for airlines and we have taken all the necessary precautions to ensure passenger safety and we still have regular flights to Africa and Europe as well as the Middle East.

"Our passengers have confidence in us and this has enabled Emirates to grow through these tough times," concluded Sunthorn.

Emirates Airlines is considered one of the top 5 profitable airlines in the world and has experienced an increase of more than 8.5 million passengers over last year. Currently, Emirates’ 46-aircraft fleet provides over 140 flights per day around the globe. Emirates aims to increase its fleet size to 100 by the year 2011.

Music in the Park

BCCT brings some culture to the Eastern Seaboard

The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand held their latest monthly networking evening at the Bang Saray Club. The members and guests were entertained by a classical musical trio from Bangkok who played renditions from the classics, including Beethoven and Mozart, who no doubt would have loved to have been present to enjoy the Bang Saray Club finger food and fine sea breezes.

Representing sponsors of the evening Suchai Chirayunon, exec. asst. manager of Cholchan Pattaya Resort and Rotjanakorn Klawkasetkorn, sales supervisor, Lauda Air present a door prize to Prabeer Mukherjee, VP, Indo Poly (Thailand) Ltd.

The members and guests were entertained by a classical musical trio from Bangkok, who played renditions from the classics, including Beethoven and Mozart.

Virtuoso Mick Barker brought back memories of the music greats.

The co-sponsors for the evening included the Austrian Airlines Group (Lauda Air), whose sales supervisor, the lovely Rotjanakorn Klawkasetkorn, charmed everyone, while giving the details of their special packages to boost flight numbers during June.

Assisting the BCCT as another sponsor was the Cholchan Pattaya Resort, a group who has stepped up their marketing to make themselves a much better known entity in the hospitality business in Pattaya. Suchai Chirayunon, the executive assistant manager of sales and marketing, donated complimentary accommodation packages for lucky BCCT members during the evening.

Newer arrivals to the region, such as David Lowder from St. Andrews International School, were seen making contact with longer stay people like Rod Cummins, the corporate account manager for JVK International Movers, while the BCCT top brass of Greg Watkins and Graham Macdonald, aided by Suwanna and David Goulden of the Bag Saray Club, ensured the evening went smoothly.

For further information about the BCCT, contact the executive director, Greg Watkins, via email [email protected] bccthai.com

The next networking evening will be at Shenanigans on June 20 and sponsored by Manpower.

Siwapol Tanti-anandkul gulps down 9 1/4 hot dogs in 12 minutes to earn trip to New York

Still has a long way to go to catch the 50 hot dogs of current champion

Suchada Tupchai

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Dairy Queen, and Shark Cool Bite co-organized the Thailand Hog Dog Eating Competition at Royal Garden Plaza, Pattaya to find our champion to compete in New York in July.

Siwapol Tanti-anandkul (left) chowed down 9 and a quarter hot dogs to win the final round, earning the 10,000 baht first prize, presented here by Paul Kenny of Minor Food Group Company Limited, and a trip to New York to compete in the World Hog Dog Eating Competition on July 4.

Hot diggedy dawg - the game is on!

Twenty-two from 82 hot dog eating contestants had already passed the first round, each eating 4 hot dogs within one minute.

Then the final round began. Alcazar Cabaret Show Pattaya, and Five Elephant Queens put on a great show before Paul Kenny of Minor Food Group Company Limited declared the opening of the final round of the contest that put the first batch of 11 contestants on their mark to gobble down as many hot dogs as they could within 12 minutes to win the cash price of 10,000 baht.

Thanatip Chaiseth swallowed altogether 9 hot dogs and was the leader of the first batch, but was defeated by Siwapol Tanti-anandkul of the second batch who wolfed down 9 and a quarter dogs and won the final round.

Thanatip Chaiseth and Somporn Prayong were the second and third runners-up respectively.

Siwapol will be taking part in the World Hog Dog Eating Competition in the U.S. on July the 4th. The present world champion is a Japanese hot dog eater with the extraordinary record of finishing 50 hot dogs within 12 minutes.

English language lessons begin for court personnel

Songklod Kaewvisit

Court officers of Justice Region 2 and Pattaya City court have set up a training program to teach the English language to court personnel.

Presided over by Ekachai Liampaisal, chief judge of Region 2, the English training program will run from May 26 through July 9 and will be taught by Mr. Roger Denny.

Judge Ekachai stated that since Pattaya City is a popular tourist destination for foreign visitors, tourists who come here expect service providers to be able to communicate with them in the internationally accepted English language.

Government offices are often called on to serve tourists and this includes legal offices and courts.

The English program was initiated with an aim to train the personnel working for the court systems for better English language skills to accommodate the tourists and expatriates in this tourist city.

It is believed that such training will benefit both the service provider and the receiver with more efficient communication.

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